According to the Indian foreign ministry, a formal meeting between Taliban officials and the Indian envoy to Qatar was held. For the first time since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, on Tuesday (August 31st), the Taliban met with India.
According to India’s foreign ministry, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the chief of the Taliban’s political office in Doha, met with Indian ambassador Dwipak Mittal at the Taliban’s request.
The Taliban’s links to Pakistan, India’s arch-rival, have long been a source of concern. The two sides spoke on the security of Indians stationed in Afghanistan, according to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. Ambassador Dwipak Mittal urged the Taliban’s commander to guarantee that no anti-India terrorist operations are carry out on Afghan territory. Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the Taliban’s leader, said he would listen to the ambassador’s call.
How Is India Securing Their Citizens Under Talibans
According to sources, India has focused on guarantee the safety of people who want to come to India but can’t because the Taliban won’t let them leave Kabul. According to the foreign ministry, Mittal also expressed India’s concern that anti-India terrorists might exploit Afghan land to launch strikes.
India has invest more than $3 billion in development projects in Afghanistan. And had developed close connections with the Kabul administration. Nevertheless, backed by the United States. However, with the Taliban’s fast progress, the Indian government has come under fire at home for failing to create a line of contact with the insurgents.
Stanekzai made another key comment in the film, saying, “We rely heavily on trade with India, which passes via Pakistan. Trade via air routes with India would also remain open.”
The Taliban’s intimate ties to Pakistan have long piqued India’s interest.
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